Outdoor

DPW announces spring yard cleanup schedule

With temperatures finally consistently up into the 50s, it seems like spring has finally sprung. And with that comes the opportunity for City of Warren residents to take advantage of the city’s spring cleanup program. According to Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz, the ...

Local couple follows every sign on the Appalachian Trail

The handful of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers that I have met agree that the sign on Mount Katahdin in Maine signifies the pinnacle of a journey that changes you forever. A local couple who completed their thru-hike in 2015 found there were signs along the way that held life-altering ...

ANF may get some much needed TLC

It’s an oft-heard criticism that the federal government doesn’t invest enough in the recreation resources on the Allegheny National Forest. But with a couple projects on tap for this year, that might be changing. One of the projects will aid in the development of the Trails at Jakes ...

Eye-catching trees

Warren is moving into its 31st year as a Tree City USA and the street landscape committee continues to speak for the trees. At Tuesday’s meeting, committee members heard an update from City Arborist Joe Reinke on this season’s tree plantings. This year, the city will plant 90 trees ...

‘going to be epic’

2018 was a busy year on the Trails at Jakes Rocks. And the hope is that 2019 is an even busier one. Jim Decker, the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry’s president and CEO, said that an additional nine miles of trails will be completed this spring. That trail, he said, ...

Photography, jogging, blogging and picking up trash = Plogging

Do people call you the master of multi-tasking? Do you do a happy dance on those occasions where you kill two birds with one stone, preferably not literally? Fortunately, no super skills are required to be a part of a new event that combines activities that are both good for you and your ...

Forest Plan

Allegheny National Forest officials have proposed a “planned rotational management project” that is in “response to recent forest health issues that presently exist or are anticipated to occur” over 7,578 acres in Sheffield Township. “In response to conditions within the Cherry ...

Monday flare-up

Monday morning, a large plume of dark smoke could be seen rising above eastern Warren. The United Refining Company flare along the Allegheny River was discharging flame and smoke. The Department of Environmental Protection was notified of the situation by both United and ...

Council approves application for Beaty Park project grant

The most-used park in the city could be in line for a bit of a facelift. Warren City Council approved an application on Monday that would replace the playground at Beaty Park. City Planner David Hildebrand, citing Beaty as the “city’s most-used park,” said the city would be ...

New acting ANF supervisor hails from Ottawa National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest has a new acting forest supervisor. Federal officials said on Friday that Linda Jackson has been appointed to the post. The previous permanent forest supervisor, Sherry Tune, announced her retirement last December. At that time, Chris Cook was appointed ...

Chapman trout stocking delayed

Construction on the dam at Chapman State Park will shelve not one – but at least two – trout stockings in 2019. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission schedules last week stated that an April 4 stocking of rainbow and brown trout has been canceled “due to the ongoing drawdown ...

‘Out of balance’

The Allegheny National Forest has an age demographic problem. Thanks to what amounted to widespread clearcutting in the area through the 1920s, the majority of the forest is about the same age. Warren County School District and the U.S. Forest Service would both like to see a better age ...

The unexpected visitor

When I think about animals that I see during the winter, there are a lot of animals I think of — deer, chickadees, Red Foxes, even squirrels. The one animal I never think of? Opossums. For some reason, the thought of seeing a little opossum waddling through the snow with its naked little ears ...

Down the home stretch

Behold, the woodchuck lied. After checking a few 10-day weather forecasts, it appears that we have a few days of ice building weather, until about Thursday, then we go into a longer stretch that may allow the ice to persist for what will probably be the end of winter. We are going into the ...

Game Commission to host annual waterfowl briefing

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, March 15 on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2019-20 waterfowl hunting seasons. The briefing will begin at 1 ...

Game Commission launches black bear den livestream

What’s better than one Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife livestream? Two, of course. The Game Commission has launched its second livestream of the season – video and audio captured at a Monroe County black-bear den and streamed in real time to viewers at www.pgc.pa.gov. There’s ...

State stocks up on Trout before season opener

You can’t go catch them for a few weeks, but stocked trout will start hitting Warren County waterways next week. Opening day is slated for Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m. According to the Fish and Boat Commission, roughly 3.2 million trout will be stocked in a total of 707 streams and 127 ...

Allegheny Reservoir cleanup effort seeking volunteers

There’s an old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The meaning is not literal but, typically, a commentary on how there is no judging for taste — what one person may think is worthless may be cherished by another. So, if you’ve been longing for a discarded ...

Tracks and howls

For a few nights, the coyotes had been howling and yipping close to the house. We’d even heard foxes barking much closer than usual. One morning, after the evening snow had created perfect tracking conditions, we wandered down to see what we could find. First, a lone coyote’s tracks ...

Raising hellbenders

In May of 2017, two Eastern Hellbenders named Oneka and Tweeg came to Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, N.Y., from the Buffalo Zoo to serve as animal ambassadors and help educate people of all ages about this incredible species. The Buffalo Zoo donated the hellbenders’ enclosure ...